Lelu Summer Enrichment FAQs

We get it— our kids' summer camps were cancelled, too! At Lelu we still believe that Summer 2020 can be wonderful. Read more below about how we plan to bring a magical Spanish enrichment camp experience to your home.

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FAQ

What ages is this for?

Our programming will be best suited for kids aged 3-11. We will tailor the contents and tutoring to age and language level. 

How does it work?

Our summer enrichment program is like a summer camp your kids can do at home. The program is made up of 3 components that students will interact with weekly for 8 weeks (or 4 weeks, depending on the program you sign up for):

  1. Spanish + STEAM activity kit (with at least 30 mins worth of activities for each week, these activities are accompanied with online YouTube instructions at the appropriate Spanish level)
  2. 1-1 Spanish tutoring for 30 mins each week
  3. 30 min weekly community meeting in Spanish with peers
That adds up to at least 1.5 hours of Spanish per week or 6 hours of Spanish per month! This program is set up intentionally as research shows us that to acquire a language you need to 1) find a use for it in your life (starts with the kits), 2) use it with someone (the tutor and with peers) and 3) you need to enjoy it (all of the above)! Bilingualism is a gift for life, and we are passionate about helping you kids start or enrich their bilingualism journey in the best ways! 

 

Who are the tutors? 

Our tutors are awesome, fun, passionate adults who love Spanish! Some have years of teaching experience, others are college students, but either way they are trained to make the most of each tutoring session with your child. The tutor will follow your child's lead to extend the learnings from the box and ask your child to tell them what they did and how they liked it, etc. to keep them using with Spanish throughout the summer.

Do my kids each need a box or can my kids share a box and do tutoring together?

You know this answer better than we do! Our boxes are certainly designed to drive family engagement with the language so, with parent help, most of the activities will have various access points for kids at different levels or ages. That said, if there is a big age difference between your children, or if they tend to prefer doing things independently, we recommend signing them up separately. 

Does the enrichment program have a theme?

Each month will have a general theme based on your child's age and language level. For example, for younger kids who are new to Spanish, their theme for the first month will be "Los Colores del Verano" (The Colors of the Summer) and their box will include experiments, engineering and art projects related to this theme. For older kids who are fluent in Spanish, their theme for one month will be "Levantándonos" (Lifting Ourselves Up) and they will do projects around this theme, including designing a pulley system they can use throughout the month. 

What's in the STEAM + Spanish activity boxes?

You can expect 3-5 activities in each box with 1-3 lessons/units per activity. All activities will be in the STEAM family and tailored for age and Spanish level. Here are some examples:

  • (A, S) What's a Hypothesis/¿Qué es una hipótesis? poem to memorize
  • (E, S) Build 4 ecosystems by repurposing the Lelu Box
  • (E, M) Build a Catapult, launch Pom-Poms, then measure how far they flew!
  • (E, S) Craft a Ramp/Roller-coaster with the Lelu Box and Discover Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • (E, S, T) Make your own at-home battery with a lemon! (We even send each child a lemon for this!) 
  • (S, M) Observation calendar and journal: Find Heat, Sound or Light Energy in your daily life!

How does the online community work?

Each week we'll have a community-wide meeting on Fridays at 10:30 AM to sing, play, share the projects we've been working on and engage with each other! Along with the box and tutoring, this community session is critical for your child to see the big-picture about how languages connect us! We’ll ask students to share their work (what did you build this week?) during the community meeting so the meeting is a perfect recurring motivation for kiddos to practice their Spanish skills every week!

We'll also have an online parent group page to share advice, questions and encouragement throughout the summer.

How do I share details about my child's language level with you?

Once you register for our program, you'll receive a questionnaire to fill out so we can learn more about your child, their language exposure/experience, and send them an age- and level-appropriate box and match him or her a perfect tutor!

My kid is fluent in Spanish. Is this for him or her?

Absolutely!  There is always more to learn when it comes to languages, so we adjust our programming for kids at all levels. No matter their starting point, we're confident your child will learn A LOT with Lelu this summer!

Ready to register? 

Register for our 8-week program here. 

Register for our 4-week program here. 

Have more questions? Get in touch at info@lelu-usa.com.